Hello everyone, I found your awesome board and I decided to register and post this question.
All my life I have been very thin and weak.. I am currently 19 years old at 5'7" 105-110lbs. I know being this thin is unhealthy and I want to change badly. It's very embarrasing and I am extrememly self-concious because of it. Through high school I had to listen to comments such as "I could cave his chest in" or "I can snap his arms like twigs". I am very weak also, I can barely do 3 pushups and in PE class freshman year of high school I could only lift the 45lbs bar at max. I have a feeling its not any different now.
For the past few weeks I have been doing tons of research and I have discovered so many things. For the longest time I thought that lifting weights would burn calories and not help me gain weight. Now I understand in order to gain weight I need to start a weight training program and a diet eating 6 meals a day with foods high in protein + carbs and little fat.
My real question here is that given my current physical condition will it take me years to get to the point where I simply look "normal" and have a normal weight? My good friend tells me for someone like me it will take years just to get to a normal weight/strength range and at least look small and not sickly. However I've had a lot of other people tell me I can gain weight in 6 months. I would really like to gain 25lbs or so and weigh around 130 to start. I know that is still super skinny but it would be awesome compared to what I weigh now.
Does anyone know of anyone else who went from being so incredibly thin to a normal weight? I'd apprechiate any advice any of you could offer. Thank you